This Week In Running (Week of 3/13 and 3/14)
We kick off this week’s edition of TWIR with a look at the results from the USATF Road 50k National Championship event that took place last Sunday at the Caumsett Park 50k in New York. For the third consecutive year, Michael Wardian laid claim to the title, leading from the start on route to a 2:55:50 finish. Malcom Campbell took second place (3:04:22) and Scott Jamie took third (3:13:25). On the women’s side, Yolanda Flamino took top honors (3:34:26), followed by Annette Bednosky (3:43:48) and Jill Perry (3:47:55).
As far as events taking place on the weekend of Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14, we have three to take a look at, beginning with the Toughest N Texas Trail Runs in Waco, Texas (50k, 20M and 10M options). The start/finish is at the Redwood Pavilion in Cameron Park. The course is a rocky, rooty, hilly trail (mostly single-track) in the park on the banks of the Brazos and Bosque rivers.
The Delano Park 12 Hour Run will take place on March 13 in Decatur, Alabama on a 1 mile unpaved, flat and fast loop. The men’s course record is held by Jack McDermott (78 miles in 2008), and the women’s by Jamie Donaldson (78 miles in 2009). Donaldson won the 2009 edition outright, topping Matthew Kahrs (75 miles) and Robert Youngren (70 miles).
Last but not least, the sold out 14th annual Way Too Cook 50k kicks off in Cool, California at 8:00 AM on March 13. “This race has become the most sought after 50k in the United States for veterans and novices alike…the breathtaking trails, spirited aid stations, amazing views and pure fun make this an adventure you won’t want to miss.” Better yet, after you are done you can kick back and relax and have a frog cupcake. Leor Pantilat won last year’s event (3:39:51.8) for the men, with Caitlin Smith (4:12:20.9) taking top honors for the women.
[Trail Goat Note: 3 Days of Syllamo will also be run from the 12th to the 14th in Arkansas. We'll have post a report not long after the race.]